Book Tag: My Life in Books

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I really love this tag! I saw it posted on Finally Got Around To It a few weeks ago. It was so much fun to put together. Looking for specific books allowed me to reflect on what I’ve read in the past and explore which books I have on my TBR from ages ago. So, without further delay, here is my life in books!
































The NOPE! Book Tag

Book Blitz_ (4)I saw this tag while looking through my WordPress Reader and thought it would be fun to vent about some of the books and tropes that bother me. Let’s do this!

I found this tag on Upside-Down Books. I highly recommend visiting her wonderful blog and showing it some love.

NOPE! Ending: a book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy


I’m still confused by the ending of this book! Argh…just thinking about it makes me angry. Such a waste of time!

NOPE! Protagonist: a main character you dislike and drives you crazy


I like the idea of the series but not the characters. They are all so horrible, manipulative and whiny. I couldn’t get behind any of them and stopped reading after the first book.

NOPE! Pairing: a “ship” you don’t support


I can understand the friendship between Alina and Mal, but a romantic relationship? THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO CHEMISTRY!!! Alina deserved so much more than what he could give her. And no, I don’t think Alina and the Darling should be a thing either. As much as I love the Darkling as a villain, that relationship would be nothing but toxic.

NOPE! Genre: a genre you will never read

Erotica is the only genre that I don’t have an interest in reading. I’ll pick up and enjoy adult romance novels, but books like Fifty Shades of Grey, etc. just aren’t my cup of tea.

NOPE! Book format: book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition

A book is a book. I’m not picky. For the longest time, I avoided audiobooks because I didn’t see it as “real” reading. Well, now that I’ve tried a few, my thoughts have changed. I love them! If I really want to read a book the format of it won’t stop me from enjoying it.

NOPE! Trope: a trope that makes you go NOPE

Oh boy! I HATE instalove and love triangles. Why do so many YA books feature these tropes? They are usually unbelievable, muddle the plot and character development and don’t encourage the reader to become invested in the relationship between the characters. Slow burn romances are where it’s at people!!!

NOPE! Recommendation: a book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read


After everything that was discussed about this book, why do I still see it on recommendation lists and posts? I won’t get into it here but do some research about how harmful this book is. Pick up a diverse read instead. You can find some great lists here and here.

NOPE! Cliche: a cliche or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes

Please refer above to my hatred of instalove and love triangles. I beg of authors….please stop using them!

NOPE! Love interest: the love interest that’s not worthy of being one


I still don’t get the appeal of Aaron Warner. As time goes on, I’m beginning to look back at how horrible many YA love interests were. The relationships are very toxic! I just…is this what we think is romantic?

NOPE! Book: a book that shouldn’t have existed


It has a beautiful cover and that’s it. Soundless was boring and a terrible attempt by a white author to write a fantasy novel based on Chinese folklore. Plus, to make it even worse, the book is extremely ableist. I don’t recommend it!

NOPE! Villain: a villain you would hate to cross


The Commandant is one of the most cold-hearted characters I’ve ever seen. I wouldn’t want to mess with her!

NOPE! Death: a character death that still haunts you


This broke me. If you’ve read The Deathly Hallows then you know what I’m talking about.

NOPE! Author: an author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit


I really liked the first two books in the Throne of Glass series. However, Queen of Shadows was the beginning of the end for me. Sarah J. Mass just rubs me the wrong way now. What was with the ridiculous romantic subplots and the pointless killing off of the only diverse character?! Plus, by book 4, Celaena Sardothien, didn’t remotely resemble the character I grew to love. Also, don’t get me going on her glorification of abusive relationships. Argh!


Book Tag: Stuck At Home

Book Blitz_ (2)It’s book tag time! I haven’t done one of these in forever. I found this particular tag on Book Princess Reviews and thought it looked fun. So, here we go!


  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag

What are you currently reading?


I just downloaded the audiobook and plan on starting it tonight while I make dinner.

What’s your favourite “can’t leave the house” activity?

My husband and I have recently started to fix up our balcony. We’ve added a bunch of plants and a small table. In the early morning and late evening, there’s a wonderful cool breeze that makes it so enjoyable. I love sitting on the balcony with a cup of coffee or glass a wine.

A book you’ve been meaning to read forever.


An intimidating book on your TBR.


I took a few Soviet history courses in university and have read other works about the Gulag system. However, this is one of the most important books on the subject. I own a copy of this book but haven’t picked it up because you really need to be in the right mind frame. It’s such a heavy topic!

Top 3 priority books on your TBR.

None! I’m reading for enjoyment right now. It’s really about how I feel. Also, I’m really into audiobooks right now. I don’t know why I haven’t listened to them before. It’s so wonderful to be able to clean up the house or make dinner while listening to a book. So, any recommendations would be great!

Recommend a short book.

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Recommend a long book.


Something you’d love to do while stuck at home.

I would love to exercise more. I’m starting to but it’s challenging at times with a very energetic toddler running around. I’ve actually started doing HIIT workouts by Heather Robertson on YouTube. They are super challenging but I feel so accomplished after.

What do you plan on reading next?

I would like to continue with the book series that I haven’t finished yet. But again, that all depends on how I feel.


New Year’s Book Tag

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I saw this short and sweet book tag on the Book Hooked Nook blog and thought I’d do it as well. Here we go…

1. How many books do you plan to read in 2019?

I’ve set my Goodreads goal to 50 books. I’m going to try to exceed that number but after last year’s struggle to read I want to keep it relatively low.

2. Name five books you didn’t get to read last year but want to make a priority in 2019.

These books kept on appearing on my month/readathon TBRs and I just never read them. I always ended up prioritizing ARCs over them. 😦

3. Name a genre you want to read more of.

Contemporary romance! In the past two years I’ve really gotten into it. Who doesn’t love a cute book that makes you feel all happy and warm inside?

4. Three non book related goals for 2019?

  • Stress less about work related things
  • Run at least one 10K race
  • Advance in my Spanish comprehension level

5. What’s a book you’ve had forever that you still need to read?


I won this book 3 years ago during a Twitter chat. It’s another of those books that always end up on my TBRs but is never read. This year will be the year!!!

6. One word you’re hoping 2019 will be?

Adventurous! Every day with my baby girl has been an adventure. She’s so in awe of everything around her and that has really pushed me to try new things and move outside of my comfort zone. I really don’t want my fears or insecurities to hold me back.

If you have done or plan to do this tag let me know! I’d love to see your answers ❤

The Grishaverse Book Tag

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I completely love the Grishaverse and everything about this tag! I found it on Annalisse’s blog Hopeful Reads a while ago and knew I had to try it out for myself. Please go visit her blog…it’s super cute! This tag was originally created Rebecca Books.

The Questions:

1. Kaz Brekker (A Book You Shouldn’t Judge By It’s Cover)


The book cover is so not accurate! You wouldn’t know it based on the cover, but this super steamy book features a fat heroine. Someday I would love to see her on the cover and not this boring romance stock image.

2. Nina Zenik (A Book That Made You Feel Empowered)


This poetry collection is gorgeous. The last section of it is all about loving yourself and it really stuck with me. I remember crying a bit while reading the last part. Sometimes I get really down on myself for every little mistake that I’ve made or things I should have done or said. This reminded me that there’s more to life than being crippled by self doubt/hate. I am AMAZING. I am PERFECT. I think we all need to remind ourselves of that everyday.

3. Inej Ghafa (A Book With A Good Balance of Character and Plot)


Leigh Bardugo is seriously the master of writing books with totally engaging plots and characters that latch onto your heart. I this is one of the many reasons why I adore everything that she releases. The balance between characters that you really get to know and a plot with tons of twists turns is hard to write but she makes it look so easy. ❤

4. Alina Starkov (A Book Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Read)


I keep on raving about The Fourth Element series and for good reason. It’s just soooooo good! I wish more people were reading it. Kat Ross’ world building and characters are unlike anything I’ve read about before. I simply can’t get enough of them!

5. Mal Oretzev (A Book That Always Sticks With You)


I couldn’t stop thinking about this book when I finished reading it. It honestly ripped my heart out. I don’t think I have ever cried so hard while reading. Even now when I think back to its ending I get emotional.

6. The Darkling (A Book With a Dark Plot)


This book is all about a serial killer in 1880s New York City. The murders are pretty grisly and the entire atmosphere of the book is dark and gloomy. I absolutely loved every second of its twists and turns! If you like murder mysteries mixed with magic paranormal elements then this book is for you!

7. Jesper Fahey (A Book That People Always Seem to Leave Out)


I honestly don’t know why more people never jumped on the original duology (The Assassin’s Curse/The Pirate’s Wish) or the re-release. The story features a curse, magic and sassy mythical creatures, plus pirates and assassins….what more could you ask for? These stories were so much fun to read!

8 & 9. Wylan Van Eck (A Book That Wasn’t What It Seemed At First) / Matthias Helvar (A Book That Was Bad At First But Turned Out Good)


This book has a super slow start! Things don’t actually really pick up until the mid-way point. At first it’s all about the societal expectations, balls, pretty dresses and so on. Then it completely changes and becomes about the battle between good vs. evil, demons, magic and secret societies.

10. Nikolai Lantsov (A Witty Book)


The conversations between the two main characters in this book were pure gold! I found myself grinning (and sometimes laughing out loud) while reading this book. Throw in some pretty sexy scenes and this is a must read!


Playlist Book Tag

Book Blitz_-2I absolutely love tags where books and music collide! I found this one on Lost in Pages and decided to give it a try. It was originally created by Little Red Reader.

Here are the rules: Shuffle your playlist (no skipping!) and pick a book that reminds you of that song! It can be a character, a scene, etc. You can do this for as many songs/books as you would like.

1. “Light Me Up” by Birdy — Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert

This song reminds me of the wonderful love story from the novella Damaged Goods. Basically, the two main characters were once in love as teenagers, but ultimately torn apart. They meet again and so many things have changed. This song is about moving past  previous heartbreak and finding someone who loves you know matter what.

2. “Glory” by Bastille — Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

This book features its two main characters taking a walk down memory lane before heading off to college. In a way, this song is very much about that. It reflects on past experiences, mistakes and looking forward to the future.

3. “Where’s the Revolution” by Depeche Mode — The Black Key by Amy Ewing

The final book in The Lone City trilogy is all about rising up against the royals who suppress, abuse and manipulate their subjects for their own benefit. I really think that this song perfectly captures the techniques used by the royalty to maintain power. It’s also a call to arms for a revolution, which is basically what the entire series is all about.

4. “Big God” by Florence + The Machine — Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda

This is one of my all time favourite graphic novels! With this edition, Maika Halfwolf takes on ancient gods in order to find out more about her past. While the lyrics of the song don’t really match the subject matter of the book, I do think the tone and darkness of it do.

5. “Talking Man” by Bedouin Soundclash — The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen

This song is all about how people like to talk trash and spread rumours about others. The Way to Game the Walk of Shame opens up with the lead character, Taylor, being gossiped about because of an incident that happened at a party. She wants people to just stop being so cruel, but they don’t seem to care and find great happiness in her misery.

6. “Lions in Cages” by Wolf Gang — Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

The song is all about suppression and feeling constrained by society. In Beneath the Citadel, the main characters are fighting against a society where a small group of privileged people have complete control over the lives of many. The story begins with the characters in prison and trying to break free.

7. “Mathematics” by Little Boots — Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

This song reminds me of the relationship between Lara Jean and Peter. Over the three books their relationship goes through a lot of ups and downs. They learn that love isn’t just something that is there, you actually need to work hard at maintaining it. However, no matter what obstacles were thrown in their path they battled through it. I don’t want to say anymore and spoil things for people who haven’t read the trilogy. If you haven’t you honestly really should!


The ABC Book Challenge | “I”

Book Blitz_I first saw this book tag/challenge on the Life of a Literary Nerd and was super excited to try it myself. This week’s post focuses on amazing titles and items on my TBR that start with the letter “I”. I was actually surprised to see on my Goodreads that I haven’t read/added to my TBR many books that start with this letter. Hmmm…I wonder why?

Memorable Titles That Start With “I”

The Innocent Mage by Karen Miller was one of the first fantasy book series that I just couldn’t get enough of. It also marked my first foray into adult fantasy as a teenager. Iron Cast by Destiny Soria was such a surprise of a book. I went into not expecting much but was blown away. It’s such a fun adventure post-war Boston with magic, friendship, lies and betrayal. I Remember Beirut by Zeina Abirached is a unique graphic novel that explores a religious civil war from the eyes of a child.

Books Starting With “I” On My TBR

I added Invictus by Ryan Graudin right after finishing the Wolf by Wolf duology. I love everything time travel and it just sounds so good! I was very excited when Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh was released. I even pre-ordered it and still haven’t read it. Ugh…that needs to change ASAP. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo sounds so adorable. I’ve heard great things about it and the cover is just so darn happy. I have an eBook version waiting for me on my iPad. Soon…soon!

Which memorable books that start with an “I” have you read? Have you read any of the books included above? What were your thoughts about them? ❤

Life in Books Tag

Book Blitz_It’s book tag time! I wasn’t actually tagged, but saw this posted on The Bibliophagist Reviews and thought it looked like a lot of fun. It’s short and simple, which is my favourite type of tag.

I’m not sure who originally created this tag, but if you do please let me know so I can give them credit. 🙂

The Questions:

1. Find a book for each of your initials.

J Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë


C Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran


A – Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han


2. Count your age along your bookshelf – what book is it?


The 30th book on my shelf is The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli.

3. A book set in your city/country.


I’m currently in Mexico and have just realized that I don’t have any YA books set in Mexico on my TBR, well except for Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall. Why is that? A quick Google search also brought up only a few others. So, I would love any recommendations of YA books set in this beautiful country. They can even be in Spanish, I could use the practice!

4. A book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to.


One day I would like to visit Egypt. The country has been on my bucket list for ages. I’ve been fascinated with its history and archeology since I was little. I was always the kid who got excited about school field trips to the museum and would spend all of my free time in the ancient Egypt section looking at the mummies and various artefacts. I actually began my undergrad studies in archeology (I originally wanted to become an Egyptologist) before switching to history.

5. A book that’s your favourite colour.


This colour just makes my heart so happy! ❤

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?


I don’t usually re-read books, but Persuasion by Jane Austen is my absolute favourite! I always go back to it when I’m feeling upset about something. I never grow bored of it and I’ve read it at least a dozen times. There’s always something knew to discover that I missed the last time I read it. It was also the book that got me into all things Austen, so I adore it even more because of that!

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?


So, there have been many books that I’ve had a hard time reading. My most recent was From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon. I just couldn’t get into it or connect with the characters. It broke my heart because I really enjoyed reading the author’s debut, When Dimple Met Rishi.

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

I don’t think there is one book in particular that would feel like a big accomplishment to finish. Instead, I think actually reading the books that I have on my TBR and having it shrink a bit would be a big deal. I currently have 158 books on my Goodreads TBR. Many of them are sitting on my shelves or on my iPad unread and that kind of makes me sad.


The ABC Book Challenge | “H”

Book Blitz_I absolutely love everything about this challenge/tag! I saw this on Life of a Literary Nerd and was super excited to try it. It’s been a while since I posted but don’t worry…I haven’t forgotten about it! So, without further delay, let’s look at memorable titles and books on my TBR that begin with the letter “h”.

Memorable Titles That Start With “H”

I discovered The Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer through a book tour. Some how I had’t heard of it before even though fantasy is my go-to genre. It’s seriously one of the best written fantasy books that I’ve read! GO GET A COPY FOR YOURSELF!!! Michelle Moran is my absolute favourite historical fiction author. The Heretic Queen is from her ancient Egypt series and is full of romance and political intrigue. Finally, Home is the second novella in Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti series. I’ve never read anything like this book before. I’m constantly blown away by how much detail and character development Okorafor can squeeze into less than 200 pages. She’s a fabulous writer and I’ve recently added her full-length novels to my TBR to read in the near future.

Books Starting With “H” On My TBR

I loved Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco and when I finished reading it I automatically added Hunting Prince Dracula to my TBR. Now that the third book in the series is coming out soon I think I should really pick this book up! I’m always falling behind in book series. I’ve heard so many amazing things about How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake on Twitter and that’s the reason why it’s on my TBR. I don’t own a copy of it yet but really hope to in the near future. Highland Raven by Melanie Karsak is a recent addition to my TBR. It’s a historical fantasy based in Scotland which is why I’m so excited to read it. Plus, I got it on sale which is always a bonus! 🙂

Which memorable books that start with an “H” have you read? Have you read any of the books included above? What were your thoughts about them? ❤

Mystery Blogger Award

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Thank you to Sara at the Bibliophagist for nominating me! Please take some time to visit her lovely blog and give it a follow. ❤

This award was created by Okoto Enigma and “it’s for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.”

The Rules:

  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

Three Facts About Me:

1. I’m exactly five feet tall and often confused with being a teenager. Normally that wouldn’t bother me, but as a middle school teacher it’s often an issue. Most of my students are taller than me. Guests come into my classroom and say I don’t “stand out” because I just blend in with everyone else. Parents are also always commenting on how young I look and if I’m qualified to teach their children. Ugh! I’m thirty years old and have been teaching for over five years!

2. I’m so proud of the progress I’ve made in learning to speak Spanish. I am now able to have more complex conversations with my husband’s family and it’s been wonderful to get to know them better. When I first started learning I was so scared to speak with others in Spanish because I was afraid of looking bad or making a mistake. I have flashbacks to learning French in school and being told by the teacher to sit-down whenever I made a grammar or pronunciation mistake.

3. My favourite flower is the lamprocapnos spectabilis, otherwise known as the bleeding heart. My mom has always had them in her garden. They fascinate me because they are so rare…well at least in gardens in Southern Ontario. I don’t know of anyone else who had them. Plus, I love the name…it sounds so tragic!

My Best Posts:

Questions from Sara:

1. What’s your favorite mythical creature?
The manticore…a mythical Persian creature that’s similar to a sphinx. This creature has the head of a human, the body of a lion and a tail of a scorpion.

2. What’s your go-to order at a coffee shop?
It’s either a caramel macchiato or a flat white coffee.

3. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
I would live in Edinburgh, Scotland. I went to school and taught there for a while and fell madly in love with the city. There’s something magical about its cobbled streets and old historical buildings. Plus, the used bookstores were AMAZING! ❤

4. Sweet, salty, or sour snacks?
I have such a sweet tooth and will always go for that option. I had gestational diabetes during the later part of my pregnancy and really struggled with not being able to have sweet and sugary snacks. It seemed like everywhere I went people were offering me cupcakes, brownies, etc.

5. Would you rather say everything on your mind or never speak again?
Ooh, the first could be very dangerous. Life without a filter would be terrible. However, not being able to speak again. I guess I could write everything in order to communicate or learn sign language. So, I would definitely go with that option.

My Questions:

1. Which book(s) got you hooked on reading?

2. Which novella(s) would you like to see expanded into a full-length book or series?

3. You have to delete a social media account. Which one do you delete and why?

4. What does your name mean? Does it match your personality?

5. What’s the last thing that you do before going to bed?

My Nominees: